Soy milk is a great substitute for dairy milk because it provides high-quality protein and even some health benefits when consumed in moderate amounts. In this article, I’ll show you some of the best soy milk products without carrageenan.
What’s wrong with carrageenan?
Carrageenan is an ingredient that is widely used in milk substitutes such as almond milk, coconut milk, and soy milk, but fortunately, there are some brands which have now started to use other types of gums or have gone all natural with their milk products.
The problem with carrageenan is that it has been shown to cause inflammation in the bowel and can cause flare-ups for people suffering from ulcerative colitis.
Some vegans who experience stomach pain on the diet have been able to identify carrageenan as one of the main triggers.
This ingredient is very common in milk substitutes and also many vegan supplements.
The milk products below do not have it, but be careful if you select a different flavor, as some of the brands have alternative products which do contain the ingredient.
Soy milk brands without carrageenan
#1. Silk Unsweetened Organic Soymilk (unflavored)
Their soy milk is silky, rather than just like water, and this is thanks to the recipe they’ve used.
Instead of using carrageenan, this soy milk product uses Gellan gum, which is considered a much better alternative for thickening the milk.
As it has a smooth texture, it’s amazing for smoothies, tea, coffee, cereals, and many recipes.
It’s also been fortified with vitamins and minerals, making it great for vegans who need extra nutrients that are missing on their diet.
Ingredients: organic soymilk, 2% or less of calcium carbonate, vitamin A, vitamin D2, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, sea salt, natural flavor, gellan gum.
#2. Eden Organic Soy Milk
Eden Foods is a popular brand and well known for their organic soy milk products.
The products are sourced from the family farm in the USA and they use gentle processing methods to create their soy milk products.
Eden foods achieved one of the highest scores in a report released in May 2009, where it was compared with sixty-two other organic soy brands.
Ingredients: purified water, organic soybeans, organic wheat, and barley extract, calcium carbonate, kombu seaweed, and sea salt.
#3. WestSoy Organic and Unsweetened Soy Milk
Like the previous company, Westsoy began producing their products over 35 years ago and have been providing some of the best quality soy milk products since.
Providing 9 grams of protein per serving, this is a great product to add to smoothies, protein powders, and other recipes.
The prices can vary hugely, so I recommend that you use “see all buying options” on Amazon.
Ingredients: water, organic soybeans.
#4. Pacific Foods Organic Unsweetened Soy Milk
They opened in 1987 in Oregon and have been making tofu and soy milk products since. And due to their processing and storing methods, the products they created don’t require refrigeration.
Each serving of this soy milk contains 9 grams of protein and just 10 mg of sodium, which is a smaller amount than many other soy products out there.
Ingredients: Water, organic soybeans.
#5. Better Than Milk – Vegan Soy Powder
Compared with many other soy milk products available, this one has a lot of great reviews and it’s relatively inexpensive for how much soy milk you can make per 25.9-ounce canister.
The product has been fortified with both calcium and vitamin B12 to help vegans meet their nutritional needs after ditching dairy products.
It’s also 100% natural and free from common allergens such as gluten and lactose.
Although, as expected, this soy milk powder contains a lot more ingredients than the liquid soy milk products.
Ingredients: Tofu (water, soy solids, calcium sulfate), maltodextrin, modified food starch, calcium carbonate, and tri-calcium phosphate, sea salt, guar gum, xanthan gum, and more.
Health benefits of soy milk
Although there is some controversy around soy-based products, much of it is exaggerated and unfounded.
Soy milk is consumed by millions of people all around the world. Soy is especially popular in parts of Asia, where it’s thought to be the reason why some countries in that region of the world have much lower rates common diseases that we experience in the west.
Soy isoflavones have been linked with the following health benefits:
- Lower cholesterol
- Improved fertility
- Reduction in menopause symptoms
- Reduction of breast cancer
- Reduction of prostate cancer
- Reduction in hair loss for men
Some of the controversies around soy come from animal studies that have yet to be fully replicated in humans.
It’s believed by some people that soy and the isoflavones it contains may reduce testosterone in men. But studies on this show that neither soy or isoflavone supplements negatively affect bioavailable testosterone concentrations in men .
Ways to use soy milk
You can use soy milk in lots of your normal foods. Here’s a little list!
- Hot chocolate
Soy milk is a safe and good alternative to dairy that has many health benefits associated with it. Now that more brands are creating products without carrageenan, it’s easier to recommend to people to give it a try.
Soy milk is a bit of an acquired taste, at least it was for me. It won’t be long before you get used to the taste if you stick with it. But I’d recommend that you try adding the milk to other foods that you normally enjoyed when you were drinking dairy milk.